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Man jailed for driving getaway car in robbery.

A GETAWAY driver from Merseyside was jailed for five years for his part in a raid on a security van.

Robbers shadowed the Brinks UK vehicle as it delivered cash to banks in Tayside, Scotland, and chose Brechin - where the police station was not manned 24 hours a day - to attack.

The high court in Edinburgh heard that they seized a cash box containing pounds 45,000 - but dumped the money when an alarm sounded and red smoke started pouring from the boobytrapped container.

James Brewer, 23, of 11 Brookwood Road, Huyton, pleaded guilty to taking part inthe robbery, along with unknown accomplices, in Clerk Street, Brechin, on October 14, 2003.

Sentence had been deferred until today for background reports.

Jailing him, judge Lord Hardie told Brewer: 'You were in it as much as the others.

A getaway driver is an essential part of the operation.'

At an earlier hearing advocate depute Alan Turnbull QC, prosecuting, told how Brewer was picked up after being seen in a Warrington car park in a stolen car used in the raid.

A Volkswagen Passat and a silver Renault Megane trailed the van as it travelled across the Forth Road Bridge and were caught on the bridge's CCTV security cameras.

Defence advocate Ashley Edwards said Brewer had come to Scotland thinking he was going to pick up a haul of stolen laptop computers and drive them back to Liverpool
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Jul 6, 2005
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